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Estimate: Haiti quake death toll exceeds 50,000

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (ABCNews) -- The Red Cross estimates that at least 50,000 people have died in earthquake ravaged Haiti.

Meanwhile, frustrations are mounting among the survivors.

People are asking "where is the U.S. A?"

ABC's Diana Alvear has the latest developments.

So much devastation, so much despair, and hope dims as the window for recovery narrows.

But there are still signs of life.

A French search and rescue team brings Sarla Chad, from New Jersey, out of the rubble of the hotel where she has been trapped for 2 days.

She is in good spirits, snacking on a cookie as she thanks her rescuers. "Thank you for saving my life."

A happy ending for once in a place where so much of the news is bad.

The bodies are piling. There is no place to bury the dead. Cemeteries are filling beyond capacity. 

The situation is growing desperate for survivors.

Thousands of the injured are being treated in makeshift hospitals. Regular hospitals have collapsed or have no room for those in need.

Pierre Liesco, a Port Au-Prince resident, says "I think in the next few days people are going to be running out of food, out of water. We need help because it's urgent."

That help, which is on the way, has been stalled by the amount of air traffic.

"We just attempted to get in now but the airport is apparently full at the moment." says Pete Stevenson, from the UK Fire and Rescue. 

One risk assessment company has revised its Haiti earthquake damage estimate from the hundreds of millions of dollars...to over a billion.

Online Reporter: Ashley Gatz
 

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